The Home Stretch

The Home Stretch

If selling is in your future, let’s talk!

Are you thinking about selling your home? If so, there are a few things to keep in mind if you are considering putting your house on the market. The biggest question is: what will a potential buyer think? Follow these steps before selling your home and it should sell faster.

Declutter and Store

Everyone has different likes and dislikes when it comes to home décor. For this reason, we recommend spending some time decluttering when selling your home, as less is always more. Removing more than you'd expect will open up the rooms and make them feel more spacious. You want buyers to envision their own possessions in the space. Start by going through each room one at a time and make three piles:

1. Keep
2. Throw Away
3. Items to Sell or Donate.

Make Repairs

The top tip I can give you is—that to-do list you’ve been putting off needs to get done. Focus on updates that will pay off—a fresh coat of paint on the walls; clean window coverings or buy some inexpensive new ones; replace door handles and cabinet hardware; make sure closet doors are on their tracks; fix leaky faucets and clean the grout. In some situations, you may not have the time or money to complete repairs or upgrades, so selling “as is” and pricing accordingly is also an option.

Make it Shine

Clean from top to bottom, making sure there is no dust or signs of pets. Get rid of anything that has gathered in hard-to-clean places such as bathroom, oven and ceiling fans. Professional cleaning companies can also make sure your home looks its best. Cleanliness is especially important in the pictures taken for your listing.

Light it Up

Great lighting is one thing most buyers add to their must-have list. Remove drapes, clean windows, change lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs, and replace any that are burnt out. Ensure bushes are not blocking light from windows.

First Impressions Matter

Your home’s exterior is the first thing buyers see when they drive up. It must look appealing and welcoming. No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers will judge your home before they walk through the door. Mow the lawn and pick any weeds. Inexpensive shrubs and flowers can add colour. Also, make sure your window trims and doors are touched up and tidy.

I highly recommend considering the above suggestions to help you prepare your home for sale. With these steps in mind, let's work together to achieve a speedy sale at a great price!

Roberta Peakman